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conspicuous adj
1 obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening" [syn: obvious] [ant: inconspicuous]
2 without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious; "open disregard of the law"; "open family strife"; "open hostility"; "a blatant appeal to vanity"; "a blazing indiscretion" [syn: blatant, blazing, open]

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  • /kənˈspɪk.ju.əs/, /k@n"spIk.ju.@s/


  1. Obvious or easy to notice.
    He was 'conspicuous by his absence
  2. Noticeable or attracting attention, especially if unattractive.
    • He had a conspicuous lump on his forehead.


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obvious or easy to notice
noticeable or attracting attention, especially if unattractive

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